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lawyers have pledged support for edward snowden's application for refuge in russia following his meeting with russian. human rights activists. holed up for the past three weeks let's get details now from a correspondent. he expressed his gratitude to the countries that have suggested they would take him in these include the likes of venezuela bolivia and nicaragua but it's becoming apparent that it's increasingly difficult for him to get to these countries not only because of a lack of paperwork but also because of america's aggressive pursuit of him which
led to the grounding of the bolivian president's plane over european aspace of course last week and edward snowden says that such the such an aggressive pursuit is not just in danger in his life but also the lives and liberties of other people as well which is why he's got these human rights groups and lawyers involved in it also because of the difficulty in traveling is why he's got russia involved as well applying for political asylum and whether his application is successful or not only time will tell but the indication is that it will be granted russian lawmakers are just left in the meeting yesterday and indicated that snowden's application would be looked upon favorably as snowden though says that conditions are acceptable he can get it i think he really. satisfies the requirements for a political refugee human rights activists of lawyers who are there. at the end of the war a green he was prosecuted for political reasons rather than on legal grounds but
russia has played this very much by the book from the start initially of course when he was in the transit zone the argument was simple from russia's point of view he doesn't come under our jurisdiction he hasn't crossed the border he's not in russian territory we don't have a decision to make the president starts russia's stance has always been that it was snowden will not be extradited to the united states of course america a country that still has the death penalty that remains the case now he's applied for asylum in russia and says he will meet the criteria laid out and they were of course that he stops these leaks or stop the actions of a u.s. part in this was the decision for the russian authorities to make but i think it's becoming increasingly apparent as well the. as an environment putin doesn't really want this to become a major issue between the united states and russia tensions between the two countries great at the moment and i think this is an issue that both countries could do without now both presidents barack obama and vladimir putin did have
a phone conversation late on friday the exact details of what was discussed is unknown but i think it's fair to say that russia will be keen to maybe try and score some simple points over the united states but this doesn't become too much of a thorny issue between the two. i mean while there was a blow as meeting with human rights activists has caused yet another outburst of criticism from washington which directly demands that snowden be handed over these guys nature can reports. the white house has basically accused russia of providing quote a propaganda platform for edward snowden this is washington's reaction to edward snowden's meeting with russian human rights activists at the moscow airport take a listen i would simply say that providing a propaganda platform for mr snowden runs counter to the russian government's previous declarations of russia's neutrality and that they have and that they have no control over his presence in the airport it's also incompatible with russian assurances that they do not want. mr snowden to further damage u.s.
interests we know that president obama and president putin discussed edward snowden over the phone we don't know how that conversation went but the obama administration's latest statements can give us an idea the state department has earlier reiterated washington's disappointment over snowden's meeting with human rights activists suggesting that somehow russian authorities could have been should have barred edward snowden from speaking take a listen we are disappointed that russian officials and agencies facilitated this meeting today by allowing these activists and representatives into the moscow airports transit zone to meet with mr snowden despite the government's declarations of russian's neutrality with respect to mr snowden so you're disappointed that they let someone into their own airport and about it well that they facilitated this event of course why because this gave a forum going to be should have before as he flees forfeited his right to freedom
of speech as well met miss mr snowden as we've talked about let me just say this because i think it's important he's not a whistleblower he's not human rights activists he's wanted on a series of serious criminal charges brought in these certain eastern district of virginia in the united states i'm sorry but i didn't realize people wanted on charges forfeited their right to speak just to free speech it's very interesting how washington now uses the word pop again. referring to edward snowden's speech basically suggesting that somehow russia should deny him free speech the journalist who challenged the state department spokesperson sort of showed how ridiculous that sounds coming from the u.s. it almost sounds like would you please silence that guy we don't like what he's saying. and what the u.s. reaction would be to a similar call from russia if it were let's say some russian whistleblower who stood up for civil liberties in russia and was asking for asylum in the u.s. not hard to guess what the reaction would be regardless of what russians think
about snowden according to the most recent polls fifty five percent of americans do snowden as a whistleblower and only thirty four percent consider him a traitor so the majority of americans do not think what edward snowden is saying is propaganda. and stephen cohen a professor of russian and slavic studies at new york university he believes edward snowden's cases landed moscow and washington again in quite a predicament this is a classic case of the testing of leadership both in moscow and washington neither leader the obama nor putin can be happy about sitting in the moscow airport who didn't invite him to show but he. very political reasons obama needs to show he's tough on snowden. i can't believe that the united states actually wants to put on trial because if it was a fair trial or a legal trial all she would have the right to subpoena american officials who have
knowledge of all this intelligence. would not be so i think there is a vested interest. to find a way to solve this problem so that neither is damaged politically so we'll see what kind of leaders they are. an hour south american nations belonging to the trade block recalled their ambassadors for talks from european countries involved in the grounding of the bolivian president's plane that's according to the euro why and foreign minister of the member states of also slammed washington for what they call a neo colonial mindset washington's unrelenting pressure on latin american governments is a blatant disregard of international law that's according to human rights activist peter tatchell. what the united states government is doing is seeking to obstruct edward snowden's bid to seek asylum not to get asylum but to seek asylum in his bullied and managed to threaten other countries around the world to not grant him
asylum and to not give airspace so that a flight can take him to another country that is a direct attack upon the united nations refugee convention and it is shocking and appalling there's supposedly democratic government the united states with the collusion of european governments including the government here in britain has been conspiring together to not allow our mr snowden to make a valid asylum application there is no way that he is a spy he has not contacted any foreign spy agencies he's not divulge any information to foreign governments he has simply exposed the fact that the united states national security agency and britain's spy agency g c h q had been snooping in spying upon millions of innocent private citizens that is not spying charge he
is a whistleblower and he deserves asylum. of course here at r.t. we've been closely following the developments in edward snowden's case since the very start you can find out the latest on the leaks and the asylum controversy online right now you don't go. ten minutes past the hour here in the russian capital u.s. officials claim that most of the hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay have eaten a meal for the first time since their protests began more than five months ago about lawyers for the captives say that doesn't mean the strike is going to end forty five prisoners are still being force fed and what the u.s. federal judge has slammed is a painful humiliating and degrading process this report towards more important. ninety nine of those one hundred and two men on strike have eaten a meal within the past twenty four hours according to the dep the director of public affairs at good mo samuel house he says that most of the prisoners took part
in a meal of lamb to break the first day of fast during the muslim holy period of ramadan which lasts through the month during ramadan observance abstain from food or drink from sunrise to sunset the prisoners who have eaten are still considered hunger strikers because the u.s. military requires several days of sustained eating and minimum caloric intake before a prisoner is removed from the list of hunger strikers the u.s. military officials say forty five of the prisoners are still on the force forced feeding list meaning they can be strapped down and fed a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal gastric tube on monday a u.s. federal judge called the procedure a quote painful humiliating and degrading process that comment was made in a ruling in which she said she had no with already to order
a stop of of the force feeding that's been ongoing at guantanamo bay now get moved fishel say out of respect for the prisoners religious beliefs the forced feedings will only be carried out at night during ramadan now so far what's not clear is if they get mowed detainee's in time to completely abandon their hunger strike or if the evening is a temporary reprieve during the holy month of ramadan now some lawyers for the prisoners remain very skeptical of the lead us reports coming from u.s. officials because they say the u.s. military has tried to downplay the hunger strike from the very beginning the very beginning which is dated back more than five months ago now the protest at guantanamo has continued to raise awareness in the u.s. and throughout the world and it has forced u.s. president barack obama to renew his efforts to close the island prison where one hundred sixty six men are still languishing. u.s. public defender carlos warner he represents eleven of the detainees he says i don't
intend to stop the hunger strike about is until barack obama delivers on his promise to close the prison the president has the power to released eighty six men right now and we've heard noises that he intends to do so but we see no action since it's speech and i believe you're still going to have a number of hunger strikers until we see people transferred that's just the bottom line hopefully the military has started to engage the men and is doing positive steps to end the hunger strike again all of us hope that it does and i hope that my clients are eating and i don't want them to starve i don't think any lawyer does but at the same time we are waiting for president obama to do what he said he would do and that is to transfer the innocent men eighty six innocent man. still to come for you in the program of atomic rage soon we investigate the launch of a. drive to get
a problem and how big it is. the. stream. and enjoy it. if you're away from. your mobile devices you can watch on t.v. anytime anywhere. with me. now for. fast after the annual pro british protestant parade turned violent with several fires burning across the city and more than six hundred police drafted in from across the u.k. used water cannons to disperse the angry mob. riot in the mix of it all.
there will be all about whether. to prevent this from happening. but you don't talk about a civil war within a civil war and that's the situation said to be brewing in syria rebel commander has been shot dead by islamist militants in the free syrian army officer was ambushed by al-qaeda fighters and f.s.a. officials since received threats from the islamists to kill all of the rebel commanders and the various factions of the syrian opposition have been unable to form a united front against government forces which are on the offensive across the country
of the latest outbreak of infighting is also stoked fears that weapons smog. the rebels could end up in the hands of extremists a free syrian army spokesman exactly who says radical islamists have hijacked the struggle against assad and the west should be extremely cautious and. there's no guarantee that these weapons. won't be bored with you know the job at the most strongly in there's no guarantee that the police and army can contain these weapons i think initially. as you know and if america wants to see these weapons they should sit down with. the judge had almost sort of you know call it off and say listen guys we are willing to argue so long as we work out a contract that. said he dropped the arm to drop the arms and give them back to the rebels who then supplied will give about two hours or just completely dropped them and then the syrians themselves of sort of their internal issues are to have
a problem with the world right now sitting down and negotiating something with you know the so-called al qaida or just at the last hour because just had the most are now a leading forefront in this fight against as they are the ones that you would find that most of the front lines now the ones who have put into the heart of forces so i think if you want this to abolish to come to an end and a successful one i think that the world should sit down for work at a temporary contract with the rebels including. just how the law and work out something where they can oust as said sooner than later. and a lot more news can be found about troubled syria. including for example sources in washington hinting at what could have been israel's fourth air raid over syrian territory in six months we investigate online and reveal how russian weaponry may have been the actual key targets. also an order of old fashioned typewriters by the
russian federal guard service causes a huge stir in the media assumptions security chiefs have turned to old school low tech equipment because of the recent leaks online surrounding the n.s.a. survey. twenty pm here in moscow and egypt is seeing more rallies with tens of thousands joining marches demanding the ousted president mohamed morsy be reinstated and the protests come amid a crackdown on the country's islamist movement which led to bloodshed and more arrests of the muslim brotherhood says morsy supporters will stay in the streets until their demands are met on his opponents more demonstrations of their own the country's military which removed the president from power is hardly preparing for fresh parliamentary and presidential elections the u.s. meantime has joined the german foreign ministry and calling for morsi to be released. by this get into the arts you want update now let's start with
iraq more than thirty killed after a suicide bomb blast went through a crowded tea shop in northern iraq the town of cook often rocked by frequent sectarian attacks it's home to arabs kurds and turks according to the u.n. more than seven hundred people have been killed in iraq in just the past month. three six have been killed and dozens injured when a passenger train derailed and hit a crowd of platforms south of paris rescuers are searched for people trapped under the debris throughout the night of the french president did visit the crash site of promising a thorough investigation. now a british police are investigating a nail bomb explosion at a mosque in the u.k. town of tipton the fourth such attack in a month this incident came on the day of the funeral of soldier lee rigby he was murdered in broad daylight by alleged lawmaker extremists on his political reports . the most cap'n to be nearly empty and luckily nobody was hurt but people in the
area saying that they're extremely shaken that they're now going to be looking over their shoulder next time they go to their place of worship now this is happened on the day of the funeral the private funeral of a british soldier drummer lee rigby who was killed in an islamist terror attack in which in may since then there's been a real spike in islamophobia contacts across the country so tensions are certainly on the rise and people speaking outside the mosque saying that they're not feeling very comfortable tall about this now as to who may be responsible for this attack it's much too early to speculate the police haven't said anything yet but there's already speculation on the internet they're saying that this potentially could be a reprisal for the death of drummer lee rigby by perhaps the far right movement we've seen a number of attacks against most mosques in the past months so it's definitely possible worrying trend now to talk about this further i'm joined by fear as a gal from the charity faith matters now there's
a very worrying survey that recently came out saying that two thirds of britons believe that there's going to be a clash of civilizations between white britons and between muslims living in the u.k. do you envisage these sorts of tensions getting worse in the u.k. and i think certainly we're seeing localized areas where there are where there are heightened tensions particularly with volved i think the general. theory of a clash of civilizations will not take away from take root in the united kingdom but a lot of the incidences of coups and localized issues and localized tensions particularly with the english defense league that comes in and tries to manipulate those tensions we will each other areas so really low clouds tensions within the national picture of. these kind of issues play a much more why delivery system very much for your comments. well the investigation into this incident at the most content to still underway is being treated as an
attempted terrorist attack and already a number of muslims in the area as i said saying that they feel extremely unsafe in the light of the most recent attack and to india now where the supreme court may have given the final nod to the commissioning of the country's largest power plant for the move was not calm the scandal surrounding it but the station has split locals into those who claim it's crucial for the economy and those insisting it's a major health hazard sees elected a chef he's been investigating a little who was driving the anti nuclear. this may have seemed as a minor peaceful protest but it seriously stalled one of india's most ambitious projects the first energy block of the nuclear power station destined to solve a growing electricity problem for millions was due to be launched in twenty eleven but because of these fishermen protesting against what they see as an environmental threat india's high court refused to give the go ahead for the station to start working however protesters were forced to declare they were acting in good faith
with no foreign financing a small amount of money that we need comes from our own people the fisherman. part of every once in two weeks but not everyone quite bought that india's prime minister accused western states of derailing india's nuclear program the atomic energy program has got into difficulties because these n.g.o.s mostly i think based in the us don't appreciate the need for all countries to increase energy. this protest is not a one off rallies organized by non-governmental organizations targeted to other projects in india mining was also hit by unrest leading to multi-million dollar losses and severely hampering development and your. local. tribal people. that these people are coming to expect. and do laundry and you can do all these things after one of the program.
u.s. officials have been staunchly denying that washington had a hand installing projects in india but experts say this has been a tactic employed by the state department for more than a quarter of a century so the state department any agency development spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund a series of n.g.o.s which are not governmental organizations they appear for supposedly promote democracy official line is n.g.o.s really. this is a portion of a larger agenda. of the western powers or transnational elites he is going to follow the same we've seen. around the world n.g.o.s asian indian leadership is clearly concerned about these prospects the last known date on the financing of indian n.g.o.s was published in twenty eleven back then the government established that twenty two thousand organizations had received
a total of more than two billion dollars coming from abroad six hundred fifty million of which allegedly came from the united states this year new delhi has yet to publish such reports but government sources claim that nowadays this funding has dwindled to almost nothing the bank accounts of more than seven hundred such organizations have been frozen and legislation against foreign agent activities has been toughened and while activists bristle over what they believe to be a suppression of freedoms in the country often described as the world's most populous democracy india's economists say that numerous vital projects including the nuclear power station will now get the green light. it's been a pleasure having you with us here on the program today if you can stick around next we follow a man who's traveling around the world though he's doing so without spending a single. break.
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